Working Girl Essay

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The movie, Working Girl, starring Melanie Griffith, is about a frustrated secretary, Tess McGill, who struggles to forge ahead in the world of a big business in New York. She gets her chance when her boss Katherine breaks her leg on a skiing holiday. McGill takes advantage of her absence to pursuit ahead with her career. She teams up with investment broker Jack Trainer to work on a big deal. The situation has become complicated after the return of her boss. One important element that is prevalent throughout the entire film is the element of stairs. Every time a stair shows up, the viewer sees key moments regarding McGill’s steps of getting closer to her career. This paper will analyze how the element of stairs stands as a symbol for the constant steps of McGill achieving her career goals. The viewer will see that every time stairs appears in a scene, the characters always goes up one step and get a fresh start, which ultimately shows that everyone in life achieves their goals by going up one step at a time. In the beginning of the scene when McGill is walking towards Katherine’s parents’ townhouse, McGill is walking suspiciously up the two stair steps outside of the front door and enters into the house. As she enters the house, the viewer sees that she’s already climbing up the long stair way. When McGill is walking up the stair, her face expression look as if she knows where she is going. While McGill is going up the stairs, she had stopped to cruise around the second floor. Noticing there was another stairway behind her that she did not go up. Such a scene shows the viewer that stairs not only serves as a symbol of being in a high place, but it also shows that every human being can be in a high position but you have to keep going if you want to reach the top. However, where there are high positions, there is also room for learning and acknowledgment of
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